Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Alto K10: Safety Features or Automatic Gearbox?

by Vivaan Khatri | 08/11/2018
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Maruti Alto K10 sits on the lower segment than Hyundai Santro. Which one will make a better case for customers?

On the entry-level hatchback segment, Maruti cars have ruled throughout all the price range. With the starting price of 3.35 lakh, Maruti Alto K10 takes over the lower-priced range as one of the best-selling cars. While Maruti makes big money on the hatchbacks section, Hyundai is not selling well on this segment. With an intention to boost their sales in this area, Hyundai has incarnated its popular hatchback Hyundai Santro a decade ago. On its return, the Santro’s top variants will overlap with Maruti Alto K10’s top variants. Should you go for the top-variants of the best-selling Alto K10 or new rising start Santro? Here we will give the variants comparison that you need to decide which one to buy.

1. Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Alto K10 Dimension

Maruti Alto K10 is the smaller car in all aspect, length, width, height or wheelbase. It is not hard to understand as the Alto K10 sits on the mini-hatchback category while the Santro is a compact hatch. The Santro is 65mm longer, 85mm higher and considerably 155mm wider. Here is the specific dimension of each car:


Hyundai Santro

Maruti Alto K10













Boot space



With these dimensions, it is no doubt that the Santro has a clear advantage of larger interior room, be it legroom, headroom or shoulder room. Besides, the Santro also houses a larger boot space than the Alto K10. With the limited 177-litre boot room, you cannot expect to load large luggage into the cargo space of the Alto K10.

2. Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Alto K10 Exterior

Apart from the big difference in terms of the exterior dimensions, the Alto K10 and Santro also differs from the other with regards to its style. For example, the Maruti Alto K10 has a very straight-forward design. Humble and simple, it has no intention of standing out or be imposing. It is a smart stance for a mini hatchback like itself.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 orange color front look

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 is smaller and less characteristic than the Santro

On the other hand, even Hyundai Santro still keeps the common characteristics of a hatchback, we still can point out some intentional and playful twists to make it distinct from other models, for example, the large cascading grille with high-set fog light. Its silhouette emphasizes the swooping roofline, unlike the boxy Alto K10.

Hyundai Santro blue color front look

Hyundai Santro is getting better with its design

3. Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Alto K10 Interior

Hyundai Santro has done a great job in upgrading the interior quality. The cabin of the Santro feels premium, it is even comparable to cars from the higher segment and is better than the Alto K10. Not to mention that, with larger dimensions, Santro boasts a larger interior space, which could comfortably accommodate five passengers.

Hyundai Santro Interior dashboard

Hyundai Santro's cabin is more modern and spacious than Maruti Alto K10

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 interior

Maruti Alto K10's interior is basic and simple

4. Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Alto K10   Engine

Hyundai Santro draws power from the 1.1-litre engine which was used in the last Santro. This unit is able to develop 69PS of power and 99Nm of torque. Santro comes with both manual and automatic gearbox. Hyundai Santro’s petrol motor has four cylinders, edging out the Alto K10’s three-cylinder unit. The four-cylinder unit helps with a better riding quality and better performance than the three-cylinder cars.

On the other hand, the Alto K10 is powered by a 1.0-litre engine that could produce 68Ps and 90Nm. Its peak power is smaller than the Santro by marginal 1PS, while its torque is 9Nm lesser than the Hyundai’s new hatchback. The power is delivered to the wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed automatic one. The best part about this engine is that it has a respectable mileage of 24.07kmpl, which is much higher than the Santro’s 20.3kmpl. It means that you can save a great deal on fuel filling besides the initial purchasing money.

The best part is that both of them comes with automatic transmission and factory-fitted CNG kit. And the fact that ATM and CNG variants come at a very affordable price makes it even more appealing.

Specifications  Hyundai Santro   Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 
 Engine  1.1-litre 4-cylinder petrol  1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol 
 Power   69PS   68PS
 Torque  99Nm  90Nm
 Fuel Economy  20.3kmpl 24.07kmpl 

5. Hyundai Santro vs Maruti Alto K10 Variants Comparison

Here we will pick out the pairs at the same price range so that you can better envision what your budget could offer.

5.1. Hyundai Santro D-Lite vs Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 VXi (O)

At the price of around 3.9 lakh, you can get either the base variant Hyundai Santro D-Lite or Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 VXi (O). The base Santro misses out on the important comfort features like AC system or basic entertainment function. On the positive note, the Santro D-Lite has an upper hand with a more proper safety kit including ABS and EBD. These safety features aren’t available in the Alto K10 VXI (O).

   Hyundai Santro D-Lite  Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 VXi (O)
 Common Features  Driver airbag, electric power steering
  •  ABS with EBD

  •  MID

  • Front fog lamps

  • Manual AC 

  • Audio system (CD/USB, 2 speakers)

  • Keyless entry

  • Front power windows

  • 12V power outlet, central locking

 Price  Rs 3.90 lakh  Rs 3.88 lakh

5.2. Hyundai Santro Era vs Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 LXi CNG (O) Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 LXi AGS (O)

From 4.1 lakh to 4.25 lakh, you can choose between three options, which are Hyundai Santro Era, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 LXi CNG (O) and Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 LXi AGS (O). The most noteworthy difference is the powertrain that is deployed in each model. While Hyundai Santro Era comes with the manual petrol engine only, the Alto K10 VXi AGS (O) offers the automatic gearbox. On the other hand, the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 LXi CNG (O), of course, will come with the Factory-fitted CNG kit, making it more environmental-friendly, reduce your fuel cost. For the Alto K10 VXi AGS (O), customers also get access to some standard entertainment features like audio system with USB & Aux-In. But it still sleeps on most of the necessary safety techs like ABS and EBD.

   Hyundai Santro D-Lite  Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 LXi AGS (O) Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 LXi CNG (O) 
 Common Features
  • Air Conditioner

  • Driver Airbag

  • Power Steering

  • Power Windows  (Era and VXi AGS (O))

  • Manual gearbox

  • ABS with EBD

  • Automatic gearbox

  • CD Player

  • Radio

  • Speakers Front

  • USB & Auxiliary input

  • Manual gearbox

  • Factory-fitted CNG kit

 Price Rs 4.25 lakh  Rs 4.17 Lakh Rs 4.16 Lakh

6. Final words

Why you should buy Hyundai Santro:

  • Larger interior room and cargo space

  • Premium interior quality

  • Well-equipped safety kit

Why you should by Maruti Suzuki Alto K10:

  • ATM gearbox and CNG kit on offer at an affordable price

  • Better after-sale services

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